There are a few things to take into account when you are planning where to stay in Jordan. A lot of that has to do with your itinerary. But once you know where you want to go, this guide to the best hotels in Jordan will help you choose where you want to stay!
This guide includes suggestions for Amman, Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Rum and also includes unique accommodations including one of the top ecolodges in the world. It is split up by location, and then each location offers a range of accommodations for every budget, whether luxury resorts, midrange hotels or budget accommodations in Jordan.
Where to Stay in Jordan Important Information
To start, you are going to have to make sure you take into account when your flight arrives into Jordan. Many international flights arrive at night. You will want to arrange a transfer from Queen Alia International Airport to your hotel. Depending on how far you traveled, you may also want to stop to get something to eat before you get to your hotel. Not all hotels have restaurants.
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Places to Stay in Jordan
AMMAN – Typically most trips to Jordan start with a stay in Amman. There are plenty of things to do in Amman, and you can spend as much or as little time in the Kingdom’s capital city. There are hundreds of places to stay, from all of the well-known luxury brands, to midrange and hostel-style accommodations.
PETRA – The reason people come to Jordan is to marvel at the red-rose city of Petra. It is located in the town of Wadi-Musa, so keep that in mind when looking for hotels. There are a few luxury names and a LOT of locally owned hotels in Wadi Musa. It is important to take into account how far your hotel is from the entrance to Petra, as you with either walk more kilometers (uphill) to get back to your accommodation at the end of the day, or pay a taxi to take you back. If you have a car, there is a parking lot outside of Petra, so you can stay farther away from the site and drive if you want.
DEAD SEA – A visit to the Dead Sea in Jordan is one of the top things to do in the Kingdom. It is located just 45 minutes by car from Amman and it is possible to do as a day trip from Amman. However, it is well worth allowing at least one night at the Dead Sea. There are quite a few hotels at the Dead Sea, from familiar brands to independent hotels. Enjoy the mineral-rich mud, float in the lowest point on earth and then enjoy a resort-like atmosphere.
AQABA – Jordan’s seaside town and the gateway to the Red Sea, Aqaba has high end resorts and locally owned mid-range accommodations for all budgets.
WADI RUM – Jordan’s desert, Wadi Rum offers 360 degree views of out-of-this-world landscape and a peek into bedouin cultures. From massive sandstone to miles of soft desert sand it is an outdoor paradise for adventure seekers! Start your visit to Wadi Rum with a Jeep tour from the visitors center.
Further reading on Wadi Rum: Best Bedouin accommodation
DANA RESERVE – A hikers paradise, inside Dana reserve you will find one of the best ecolodges in the world, Feynan Ecolodge. It is well worth going out of your way to experience this place! High in the mountains, you can also marvel at the reserve from Dana village and enjoy the luxury of floor-to-ceiling windows at Dana Guesthouse.
Dead Sea Hotels in Jordan
MIDRANGE: Dead Sea Spa
Dead Sea Spa is the most economical choice for a nice hotel on the beach. It is considered to be a 4 star hotel according to Jordan’s hotel ratings and is the best 4 star hotel at the Dead Sea. It offers a great hotel for a mid-range budget. It is locally owned by a Jordanian family (with a Palestinian background). It was actually the first resort built on the Dead Sea. It opened in 1990 and features 265 rooms and suites. The 5 pools are nice to cool off in, the staff is friendly and the rooms are good. They have a small waterpark for kids and a larger waterslide, perfect if you are traveling in Jordan with a family. The Dead Sea Spa Resort has a good chunk of beach access with mud for guests. They actually have the largest beach of all the resorts at the Dead Sea. There are showers right by the Dead Sea to shower off or get water or mud out of your eyes (trust me it stings). They have evening entertainment on the outside deck and guests can opt for a breakfast-only room, or breakfast and dinner options.
Dead Sea Spa Resort Features:
- Rooms with Private Terrace or Balcony
- 24 hour fitness facility
- Smoking/Non-Smoking Rooms
- 5 swimming pools
- Water park
- Satellite TV
- Wired and Wireless Free High-Speed Internet Access
- In-Room Electronic Safe
- Baby Cots upon Request
- Extra Beds (Chargeable)
- Disability Accessible Room (Limited)
- Connecting Rooms Available
- Laundry Service
- Coffee and Tea making facilities
- Mini Bar upon Request
- 24-hour Room Service
- Airport Transfers (Chargeable)
LUXURY: Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan Hotel
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is also one of the most beautiful properties on the Dead Sea. Its pools offer ultimate relaxation and views of the Dead Sea below. It is exceptionally clean and staff are friendly. It offers beach access for guests to float.
Hotels Near Petra
LUXURY: Petra Guest House Hotel
The Petra Guest House Hotel is the closest of all the hotels near Petra and is really a few steps away from its entrance. The staff is friendly, competent, and accommodating. Its rooms are expansive and properly equipped with air conditioning, facilities for making coffee and tea, a spacious bathroom full of the necessary amenities, and a well-stocked minibar. Breakfast is an enjoyable and massive buffet spread in the hotel restaurant. After breakfast, you can take a look around Petra and then come back to get an early evening view of the gorgeous gardens while you recline on the terrace. Later in the evening, you can go enjoy some of the best cocktails available at the popular Cave Bar. Many people, as a matter of fact, come by the hotel just for the Cave Bar, as it is the most popular place to go for drinks for visitors. If you are a resident of the hotel, you might qualify for a discount on your tab. Ask your server.
LUXURY: Mövenpick Resort Petra
Mövenpick Resort Petra is the most opulent of all the 5-star hotels near Petra. It is also located on the other side of the street from Petra’s entrance, making it a perfectly convenient place to stay. Arguably the best hotel in Petra, the rooms at Mövenpick are exquisite; large and airy, and elegantly decorated. Thanks to the large windows, the rooms stay bright and filled with natural lights. The beds in each room are soft and comfortable, making residents want to spend their days sleeping in them. Even the pull out couches have comfortable mattresses and are perfect for families! Rooms are also equipped with all the essential amenities like satellite TV, a fridge, a workstation, coffee making equipment, and bathroom accessories. If you let the hotel staff know that you want to be in Petra early in the morning, they will have a nourishing breakfast packed for you as early as 6 in the morning. When you get back from your full day of exploring Petra, you can clamber up to the roof of the hotel where the restaurant and garden terrace awaits. Feel free to chill out here and enjoy a cocktail or a cold brew as you cherish the view from the top. The hotel also has a pool, it can be quite cold in fall, winter and spring.
MIDRANGE: Petra Palace Hotel
The Petra Palace Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from the Petra Visitors Center. A typical mid-range hotel in Jordan, Petra Palace is relaxed but well styled with an exterior hewn from stone. The hotel has a sunny terrace, and outdoor swimming pools (not too many places have pools in the mid-range hotel category). Its rooms are warmly but simply decorated and some have walkouts to the pool. Every room has a seating area. The rooms also have a well-stocked minibar, a mini-fridge, a television set with cable, and a spacious bathroom that comes with all the necessary toiletries. Breakfast is complimentary and served in the restaurant of the hotel, which is on the first floor. Giving diners an overhead view of the pool, the restaurant also served lunch and dinner buffets every day. Check with the hotel for lunch and dinner options.
UNIQUE ACCOMODATION IN PETRA JORDAN: Petra Bubble Luxotel
Petra Bubble Luxotel is a boutique hotel that is located a bit of a distance from the entrance to the city of Petra. However, this hotel’s awesomeness more than makes up for its proximity shortcomings. Situated in the center of Wadi Musa’s Little Petra Triclinium, Petra Bubble Luxotel is about 7 miles away from the Petra Visitor’s Center. The hotel is excellently designed and offers bubble tents with transparent roofs and open views of the starry night sky above. Each room offers the rich luxury, with soft and warm beds, a large screen TV, a mini-fridge and a minibar, a bathroom with all the right fittings – as well as a jacuzzi. Breakfast is offered every morning and the friendly staff will go out of their way to make you a pack so that you have the energy to explore Petra fully. They will even arrange transportation to take you to the entrance. When you return, you can go back to your room and soak in the jacuzzi, ridding your body of the tensions acquired during a day of super-fun exploration.
All of these hotels should give you plenty of options when it comes to where to stay in Jordan. And if they do not fit what you are looking for, you will at least have a good start and an idea of what is out there.